Four CHS teams – two in ’18 debuts – split Thursday, Aug. 30, action

Four Chillicothe High School fall sports teams had competition last Thursday – two making their 2018 debuts. Half of each were rewarded with the desired result.
The volleyball Lady Hornets commenced 2018 play with a stirring 17-25, 25-17, 26-24 triumph at Trenton, while the inexperienced softball Lady Hornets got buried early and lost at Lawson 14-4 in five innings.
The golf girls, behind co-medalists Riley Brobst and Hallie Jones, defeated both Putnam County and Trenton in their first dual matches of the new year. The golfers had opened with a tournament at Maryville a week ago yesterday.
The soccer Hornets fell to the program they bested in last year’s district championship match – Kirksville – by a 6-0 margin. It was the CHS boys’ second loss in as many tries thus far.
Following yesterday’s holiday from school, which wasn’t a day off from action for the tennis Lady Hornets as they played at Trenton, today sees action – most of it at home – for every CHS fall sports team except football.
The girls’ and boys’ cross country running teams will host runners from around 22 schools in their annual Chillicothe Invitational meet at 4 p.m. At that same time, the tennis girls will start a home Midland Empire Conference match against St. Joseph: Lafayette and the golf girls will have a triple-dual at Cameron with the hosts and both Lafayette and St. Joseph: Benton.
At 4:30 this afternoon, the softball Lady Hornets, who were scheduled to play this past Saturday in the Putnam County Invitational Tournament, will welcome Lafayette for their first home contest.
At 5 p.m., the soccer Hornets and volleyball Lady Hornets will make their home debuts, the booters welcoming Lafayette and the spikers going against Brookfield.
For results of yesterday’s tennis action and Saturday’s softball, visit our website www.chillicothenews.com.
At Trenton, the volleyball Lady Hornets rallied with big, all-around contributions from their returning veterans.
Third-year setter Elli Ross assisted on 31 of the 68 rallies CHS won, while returning starting front-liners Kennedie Kieffer and Kaylee Lewis banged home 12 and 11 “kills” (spikes), respectively.
Defensively, libero Kylee Larson retrieved a whopping 39 Trenton shots and Devin Dowell 10. In the most extensive play of her career, Catey Trout – a senior like each of the aforementioned quintet – matched Dowell’s 10 “digs.”
No information on CHS’ serving numbers was reported.
At home, the golf Lady Hornets received a career-best 9-holes round of 42 from senior Brobst, equaling the total of teammate Hallie Jones as CHS cruised to its twin wins on the “back nine” (holes Nos. 10-18) of its home Green Hills Golf Course.
Led by those matched scores, Chillicothe – which had only four players in action – carded a team total of 188, 37 shots less than the low-4 scores of Putnam County (225) and 43 fewer than Trenton (231).
Producing solid rounds, as well, for the victors were seniors Maddie Lamp (51) and Hannah Haakonstad (53).
The best round by a non-Chillicothean was Werthen Gass’ 43 for Trenton. Like Jones, she was a 2017 state-tournament participant.
Brobst propelled herself to, by far, her best-ever round by not only parring Nos. 10 and 18, but by posting birdies on two other holes – Nos. 11 and 14.
At Lawson, the softball Lady Hornets were out-hit only 10-9 at Lawson and put enough hits and walks together to plate four runs in the fifth inning.
However, by then, Lawson owned an 11-0 advantage, having plated eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and three more in the second. After Chillicothe’s fifth-inning eruption provided it an opportunity to force the game to at least six innings, cutting the LHS lead to 13-4, the Lady Cardinals scored with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to establish a lead large enough to put the 10-runs-lead rule into use.
Chillicothe’s offense was spearheaded by two hits and one run batted in each by junior Abby Jones and sophomore Brooke Horton. Each was two for three.
While the stickwork was pretty good, the defense struggled, making six errors, according to head coach Mike Jones’ report. In addition, Lawson was issued six walks.
Sophomore Mollie Ellis, with only one prior inning of varsity hurling on her resumé, and freshman Halle Rucker pitched for CHS.
At Kirksville, CHS’ soccer Hornets couldn’t solve Kirksville’s defense and eventually succumbed to the fast, more-experienced Tigers on the road, 6-0.
Kirksville jumped ahead almost immediately, scoring in the match’s third minute.
After the next 35 minutes passed scorelessly, but with each side creating a few scoring opportunities for themselves, CHS head coach Tim Cunningham reports, the home team perfectly played a ball down the middle about three minutes before halftime, setting up a killer late goal that left Chillicothe in a 2-0 hole at intermission, rather than being down only one.
As the final 40 minutes unfolded, the inexperienced and, at many positions, young Hornets could not hang with the more-veteran KHS club. The result was four more goals that fully erased any certainty about the final outcome long before the final whistle.
Statistically, while being shut out for the first time this season, Chillicothe did get 11 saves from senior goalkeeper Daniel Hedrick. He was making only his second varsity start and appearance.